Iraq Spokeman Asserts U.S. Should Vacate by Late 2010

The Iraqi’s have buckled under the pressure of the U.S. before. But now, with the Bush administration beginning to pack their bags, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki maybe growing a backbone. Iraqis maybe willing to stand up to the Bush administration because they know that there is going to be a ‘new sheriff in town’ (McCain or Obama). They may be looking at this time as an opportunity to take their country back.

From New York Times: Maliki spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, told reporters in Baghdad, “We cannot give any timetables or dates, but the Iraqi government believes the end of 2010 is the appropriate time for the withdrawal.”

But then there is Senator Barack Obama. Obama looks like he knows some foreign policy and that there isn’t a Iraqi-Pakistani border. There haven’t been any slip ups or gaffs. Instead, there has been a clear message that Barack Obama knows what he is doing.

Senator John McCain, however, seems to be trying to do anything for attention. Today, while golfing with the former President Bush, McCain stood firm on his stance regarding Iraq. He believes that Obama is wrong on Iraq now and has been wrong all along. Then McCain came up with a zinger: “When you win wars, troops come home.” McCain, in my humble opinion, continues to believe that you can ignore the will of the American people even when you are running for an election. I wonder how much he would pay attention after he was elected?

McCain has really run his campaign on the notion that he knows how to win wars. He knows what is going on in Iraq. He believes that staying the course is working and will continue to work. So, when the Iraqis basically agree with Obama, where does that leave McCain? Out in the cold looking for some new theme to his campaign?

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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